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We see what you're doing, Legacies Season 2. The Vampire Diaries and The Originals' joint spinoff ended its first season by basically erasing Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) from everyone else's memories. It was already revealed that Legacies Season 2 would give Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) some kind of new love interest that kills Hope inside, because she still has love for him. Based on The CW's photos for the Season 1 premiere, "I'll Never Give Up Hope," it's at least suggested that Landon's new romance will be with Josie Saltzman (Kaylee Bryant).
Out of all the Legacies characters fans ship Josie with, they're going to try something with Landon? Hopefully there's more to this than meets the eye. Julie Plec did seem to shut the door on bringing Penelope Park back, at least for the start of Legacies Season 2, but that doesn't mean Josie has to move in on her crush Hope's man. Josie seemed more interested in Landon's BFF Rafael (Peyton Alex Smith) in Season 1, but apparently with no memories of Hope she's at least becoming close friends with Landon. (Her gaze at him in the photo above is more than a "just friends" look, no?)
Anyway, let's start with Josie and Landon. The wholesome photo above shows them playing chess, complete with a milkshake for the perfect Straight Out Of The 1950s Look. Season 2 is meant to pick up from the summer break in Mystic Falls, before the new school term starts. Here are Landon and Josie, apparently playing music and writing together in a summer picnic.
Josie and Landon definitely get closer than they ever did in Season 2 in several photos from the Season 2 premiere. However, we also see Josie and Landon sitting down for a serious conversation with her father, Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis). Landon has some books in front of him, so did he read up on something and he's sharing major intel with them? Do you think it could be to help Rafael in some way, since Hope's disappearance has screwed poor Raf into being a perma-wolf?
Here's Landon with all of his books:
And here's the convo with Papa Saltzman:
Do you think Landon still has a lingering feeling about Hope, something that he can't quite place? Anyway, a couple of other photos show Lizzie and MG, both dressed up nice, sitting together. Is this a date?
We also see MG with Kaleb (Christopher De'Sean Lee), maybe doing some vampire bonding at night. How are MG's ripper tendencies doing right about now?
And I'm really interested in the Lizzie/Josie photos The CW showed for the premiere. It looks like Josie is holding the therapy prism. If that's the case, if she practicing a conversation with Lizzie?
Does Josie need to have a tough talk with her twin about something? Could be any number of things, if that's the case. Something super serious like the Gemini Coven Merge? Don't forget they found the Ascendant in the Season 1 finale, potentially reintroducing their uncle Kai Parker. Or something less serious like about a boy? Or maybe it's about their mom, Caroline? Apparently Lizzie spent part of the summer break in Europe with Caroline, and Caroline will be referenced in the premiere that way.
It does sound like Legacies Season 2 has a lot of romance to go around. Alaric may lose his job as Salvatore School headmaster (with the school adding a new professor) but he appears to gain a new love interest in the new sheriff in town. (Does that mean Sheriff Matt Donovan is now finally ... Mayor Matt Donovan?) Landon may or may not have something new brewing with Josie, but Hope has at least two new characters swooning over her in Season 2 as well. And that's on top of whatever Bonnie/Damon-style action we get from Clarke and Hope in their Malivore adventures.
There's a lot going on in Legacies Season 2, which may (or may not) also bring back more members of Hope's family from The Originals. The party starts with "'I'll Never Give Up Hope" on Thursday, October 10 at 9 p.m. on The CW.